Samuel Dalembert had no idea he would play 19 minutes Saturday night against Golden State.

But the veteran big man was ready when Milwaukee Bucks coach Jim Boylan called his name.

Dalembert had not played at all in the previous two games, against Cleveland and Philadelphia. Given his chance, he contributed four points, six rebounds and two blocks to the Bucks' 109-102 victory over the Warriors.

"I'm glad he got a chance to get out there and get up and down," Boylan said. "I've played him before but only for a few minutes.

"Sam's a good veteran NBA player. When he gets out there for extended minutes, I expect him to perform well and produce. That's what he did the other night for us, so we'll see where things go from here."

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Dalembert has the size and strength to battle against some of the physical big men in the league.

So it's quite possible he will be called on again Tuesday as the Bucks go against Greg Monroe, promising rookie Andre Drummond, Jason Maxiell and the front line of the Detroit Pistons. Milwaukee is 0-2 against Detroit and trying to figure out a winning formula against its Central Division rival.

"We've got to match their physicality," Boylan said after the Bucks' practice session Monday. "They've hurt us with some of their penetration.